In the strength community, the typical advice about warmups is to start warming up with the first barbell lift you will be performing. For many people, especially novices, this will be the squat, so the warm-up would consist of a couple sets of five with the empty bar, then a few progressively heavier sets until the lifter is ready for his or her working sets. It’s quick, efficient, and, prepares most lifters for the task at hand — squatting. Masters athletes, however, may find that they need more than the barbell to get warm before their workout.
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